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If you took all the Gaelic Surnames out of Ireland – what would be left?

Today we’re looking at Viking, Norman, Galloglass and Planter (English and Scottish) names. Let’s take a few examples using one of our Readers – Patricia Clarke (thanks, Patricia J ). Patricia gave me six of her family names: Byrnes, Clarke, Halpin, Leonard, Martin and Rafferty.

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County Limerick Surnames

County Limerick surnames. Is your Irish surname here? The surnames of County Limerick – Ahearn, Carrolls, Collins, Conway, Cregan, Culhane, Cunneen, Cussen, Donovan, Downes, Dundon, Fitzgerald, Hannan, Hannon, Hayes, Heffernan, Hewson, Hourigan, Irwin, Keating, Kinnerk, Leakey, Liston, Lynch, Lyons, McEnery, McNamara, Moloney, Murphy, Nash, Neville, Noonan, O’Brien, O’Connell, O’Connor, O’Sullivan, Quaid, Quish, Ryan, Sheahan,  Shaughnessy, […]

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Viking Surnames and more

Do you have any Viking Surnames in your Family tree? I wonder if they are still asleep in the hut above – now might be a good time to strike! The Vikings appeared in Ireland about the 800s – and established strongholds in most of the current-day cities – Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Wexford. […]

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